Thursday, 20 October 2016

Autumn Sunrise over Dartmoor

What a beautiful morning today.  There was mist in the valleys and clear skies above.  A quick jaunt up Pork Hill to Cox Tor car park and I couldn't help myself; I had to stop and take a photograph of the dawn over Tavistock.  I wasn't the only one.  A fellow photographer was just finishing before going on his way.  We exchanged nods and smiles; words unnecessary.

Great Mis Tor was showing off as usual, drying out in the low sun and throwing a huge shadow over the Staple Tors.

Having a wilderness on your doorstep is such  a privilege.

Dawn over Tavistock from Pork Hill

Sunrise over North Hessary Tor and Mast

Mistor Pan Rock Basin - Royal Forest Boundary Marker on Great Mis Tor

Dartmoor Abstract - land and clouds reflect - or is it just me?

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Tavistock Goose Fair 2016 - Funfair Colour Fest

An brief visit to Rowlands Fairground at Tavistock's Goose Fair last night allowed me to top up on more night colour scenes.  They're addictive.  The patterns and colour clearly appeal to the OCD in me.

Tavistock Goose Funfair 2016
Tavistock Goose Funfair Dodgems 2016

Tavistock Goose Funfair Dodgem 2016
Tavistock Goose Funfair Waltzer 2016

Tavistock Goose Funfair Waltzer 2016

Tavistock Goose Funfair 2016

Thursday, 6 October 2016

The Milky Way from Our Back Garden

Such benign weather we are having; a truly golden Autumn, with warm sun and crunchy leaves.  We have also had some beautiful night skies and shooting stars.  I had my first attempt at photographing the Milky Way from our house; we are so lucky where we live.

Milky Way from Tavistock

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Crystal Clear Day for Abbot's Way on Dartmoor 2016

What an absolutely glorious day for the annual Abbot's Way walk across Dartmoor -Buckfast to Tavistock along the paths marked by ancient crosses for the monks who travelled between them.

Friday, 26 August 2016

A Spectacular Crepuscular Sunset on Dartmoor

Evening DSRT training on Dartmoor allowed us to witness one of the best sunsets on Dartmoor I have ever seen.  The crepuscular rays were stunning.  I kept tripping over just watching the sky change by the second.  I only had my iPhone, but it did a reasonable job of recording it.

Dartmoor Sunset with Crepuscular Rays

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Tavicinity Goes to Snowdonia

Summer holiday of sorts allows for a few days in Snowdonia.  The camera did not make it out of its bag due to excessive fog and rain.  Really excessive fog.  So, the photographs are iPhone's finest, but capture the time when we did see the dun briefly climbing down the north face of Tryfan.

Did Snowdon via Crib Goch in ridiculous fog and high winds.  Not really recommended (in terms of safety, but great fun).

Then did the horseshoe and finally dropped out of the cloud.  Next day was up Devil's Kitchen to Glyders (again in fog) then up Tryfan and down its north face (tricky).  But, the sun emerged and all was forgiven.
The Path to Ideal Slabs, Glider Range

Up Devil's Kitchen, Snowdonia
View coming down North Face of Tryfan, Snowdonia

Me on the Canon on Tryfan

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Haytor Rocks and Quarries - Lush Beauty in Dereliction

Crossing back over the moor from Bovey Tracey I decided to revisit Haytor before the inevitable crowds turned up on a rare sunny morning in Dartmoor's summer.  Where is our summer?  Did I miss it?

We scrambled up and onto the summit to sample the fierce winds blowing.  The smell of fresh bracken in the air was amazing.

Hayer Rockface and clouds

The quarries around the back of Haytor are fascinating.  Opened around 1820 by George Templer to produce fine grained 'blue' granite for building London Bridge.

You can walk through the quarry and out the other side.  The pits are filled with water, lily pads and rushes and look beautiful.  Even the old rusty derrick from a crane looks charming.

Haytor Quarry and Lily Pads

Haytor Quarry Pond and Crane Derrick Base
Hayer Quarry and Foxgloves

Hayer Granite Tramway - Templer Way
Out of the quarries you encounter the granite tramway than transported the granite to Teigngrace (8.5 miles).

Follow the tramway round to Holwell quarry and you pass a superb granite apple crusher that has come a cropper during transport, and the quarry itself which has stunning views over the Becka Brook valley towards the famous Hound Tor.

Best of all is the quarryman's beehive hut hidden on a ledge just beyond the quarry floor and tramway.  Truly a hidden gem.

Beehive Quarryman's Hut at Holwell Quarry